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Health and Wellness

Are you interested in the physical and psychological well-being of others? Consider exploring health and wellness careers!
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From direct patient care to laboratory research, career options are diverse and can include: physician, occupational therapist, physical therapist, nutritionist, healthcare administrator, healthcare educator, dentist or mental health counselor. There are vast career options within Heath & Wellness and we encourage you to explore these occupations based on your personal interests.

Colgate Professional Network

The Colgate Health and Wellness Network is a community of alumni and parents employed in healthcare, health education, wellness, mental health, and nutrition.

The network partners with pre-health students, peer educators, and Wellness Institute interns to create career and professional development opportunities.

Health and Wellness Advisor

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Read about Colleen
Colleen joined the Center for Career Services in 2011. Colleen’s professional focus has been in the area of career services, specializing in career advising and program management.

She has worked in higher education for more than 15 years at institutions including Bridgewater State University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Tufts University School of Medicine. She received her BA in art history from the College of the Holy Cross and her MA in higher education from Boston College.

Questions

Call 315-228-7380 for an advising appointment.

Explore Careers

This is just a sampling of the many careers available in the healthcare field.
Health and Wellness Functions
Physician
M.D.s - practice allopathic medicine, the classical form of medicine, focused on the diagnosis and treatment of human diseases.
D.O.s - practice osteopathic medicine which is centered around a more holistic view of medicine in which the focus is on seeing the patient as a “whole person” to reach a diagnosis, rather than treating the symptoms alone.

How to Decide Between an M.D. and a D.O. – US News

Dentist
Diagnose and treat diseases, injuries, and malformations of teeth and gums and related oral structures. May treat diseases of nerve, pulp, and other dental tissues. Source: NIH LifeWorks

Chiropractor
Adjust spinal column and other articulations of the body to correct abnormalities of the human body believed to be caused by interference with the nervous system. Source: NIH LifeWorks

Nurse, registered
Assess health problems and needs of patients, develop and implement nursing care plans, and maintain medical records. May advise patients on health maintenance and disease prevention. Licensing or registration is required. Source: NIH LifeWorks

Optometrist
Diagnose, manage, and treat conditions and diseases of the human eye and visual system. Examine eyes and visual system, diagnose problems or impairments, prescribe corrective lenses, and provide treatment. Source: NIH LifeWorks

Physician Assistant
Provide healthcare services typically performed by a physician, under the supervision of a physician. Conduct complete physicals, provide treatment, and counsel patients. Must graduate from an accredited educational program for physician assistants. Source: NIH LifeWorks

Physician Scientist
Physician - scientists are physicians or dentists who pursue their research interests in the laboratory. Various training pathways and career opportunities exist for physician-scientists: they can teach, treat patients, conduct basic science and perform translational or clinical research. Source: explorehealthcareers.org

Pharmacist
Compound and dispense medications following prescriptions issued by physicians, dentists, or other authorized medical practitioners. Source: NIH LifeWorks

Podiatrist
Diagnose and treat diseases and deformities of the human foot. Source: NIH LifeWorks

Nutritionist
Dietitian nutritionists use nutrition and food science to help people improve their health. Nutrition and dietetic technicians work with dietitian nutritionists to provide care and consultation to patients. Both dietitian nutritionists and nutrition and dietetic technicians may also provide general nutrition education. Both are nationally credentialed and are an integral part of health care and foodservice management teams.

Veterinary Medicine
Diagnose and treat diseases and dysfunctions of animals. May engage in a particular function, such as research and development, consultation, administration, technical writing, sale or production of commercial products, rendering of technical services to commercial firms or other organizations, and inspecting livestock. Source: NIH LifeWorks

Allied Health Professions
There are a variety of health-related careers beyond nurse, doctor, veterinarian, etc. Spotlight on Careers says: “Allied health professionals, regarded as experts in their field, contribute to patient health directly or indirectly.” Examples of these professions include Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Nutrition, Athletic Trainers, Radiological and MRI Technologists, as well as practitioners of alternative medicine.

Spotlight on Careers Health-Related and Allied Health

Public Health
“Public health is concerned with protecting the health of entire populations. These populations can be as small as a local neighborhood, or as big as an entire country. Public health professionals try to prevent problems from happening or re-occurring through 'implementing educational programs, developing policies, administering services, regulating health systems and some health professions, and conducting research,'” (whatispublichealth.org, 2012)

Spotlight on Careers Public Health
American Public Health Association

Psychology
Psychology is a tremendously varied field. Psychologists conduct basic applied research, serve as consultants to communities and organizations, diagnose and treat people, and teach future psychologists and those who will pursue other disciplines. Many psychologists work as health care providers to assess behavioral and mental function and well-being.

Spotlight on Careers Psychology
American Psychological Association – Careers in Psychology- Includes descriptions and links to more information for numerous subfields of psychology.
Resources for Further Exploration
ExploreHealthCareers.org
A very comprehensive resource offering profiles, educational requirements and industry information for over one hundred health related careers. A very good place to start exploring careers!

National Institutes of Health, LifeWorks
A listing of health and medical careers.  Links include information on job growth, skills necessary, activities done in the course of the position, salary and more.

Vault Industry Guides:
Log in or create an account (you will need to create an account using your Colgate e-mail address to view this content) and then find careers through the search box or in Industries & Professions. Relevant pages include: Alternative Health Care, Dental Care, Elder Care, Fitness & Sports Training & Coaching, Healthcare Management, Healthcare Providers, Personal Care, Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology, Veterinary Medicine & Animal Care

Career Beam Industry Overviews
  1. Log into CareerBeam using your Colgate credentials.
  2. Go to Research Tools > Industry Reports.
  3. Search for “Health Care Sector” and see “Related Industries” in the left-hand sidebar or search for professions in the search box. Pages include, but are not limited to: Physicians, Cardiologists, Anesthesiologists, Optometrists, OBGYNs, Pediatricians, Medical & Diagnostic Laboratories, Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services, Rehabilitation Therapy Services, Dentists, General Surgeons, Health Fund-raising Organizations

Prepare for Jobs and Internships

Information, tips and strategies to help prepare you as an undergraduate.
Health Sciences Advising Offices Resources
The Health Sciences Advising Office lists many valuable resources.
Colgate Coursework
The Health Sciences Advising Office describes the necessary coursework.

Professional School
Please see Dr. Julie Chanatry at the Health Sciences Advising Office to learn more about your professional school deadlines and application process. She recommends that you use the Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR; available through the Association of American Colleges - aamc.org) to research medical schools. Purchase a subscription to the MSAR in the spring of your junior year to help you prepare for medical school and the application process.

Links to further information on Graduate/Professional School:
Information on health programs such as complementary and alternative physical therapy, veterinary medicine, mental health, dentistry, medicine, etc.

American Psychological Association – Applying to Grad School
Includes questions to ask about psychology graduate programs, grad school application timeline, tips for your application and information on funding.

Alumni Spotlight

Miachal Wolk '60 talking to students
Current Title and Organization:
Professor of Clinical Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine

Major at Colgate:
Political Science

Advanced Degrees:
MD, Honorary degree from Colgate 2005
Q&A with Mr. Wolk
  • What do you currently do?
    Care of patients, negotiate contracts for 1,250 Weill Cornell Faculty with commercial insurers.

  • What was your first position out of Colgate and what did you do in that role?
    Faculty of Weill Cornell Medical College (no other job since!)
  • How can students prepare themselves while at Colgate to work in your field?
    Excel in educational opportunities at Colgate,  work or volunteering underserved health communities.
  • What extracurricular activities, associated with your profession or not, were you involved with while at Colgate?
    All-American Swim Team, Konosioni

Find Opportunities

Colgate Health Sciences Advising Resources
Visit our Resources and Links page for links to Post-Baccalaureate programs, volunteer opportunities, summer internships and programs, and an extensive list of opportunities under Additional Links Provided by Career Services.
Search for Summer Opportunities
Health and wellness opportunities are not one-size fits all. Based on your interests and career goals, there are robust offerings but it takes time and effort to identify and apply to them. Many of these programs have early deadlines (December- February) so be sure to meet with an advisor to discuss your plans and start early!
Search for a Graduate Program

naviGATE Opportunities

Below are some opportunities that may interest you from naviGATE, Colgate's internship and job database.

More Opportunities

The Liberal Arts Career NetWORK (LACN) and Nationwide Internships Consortium (NIC) are databases of internships and entry-level jobs posted by employers interested in hiring liberal arts students.

Connect to Careers

Latest stories about internships, workshops, professional networks, and more.
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